So many thoughts went through my mind yesterday as I stood outside the U.S. Supreme Court as oral arguments over the issue of marriage laws went on inside the courtroom. As hundreds of people stood outside, chanting, singing, yelling, and hearing speeches, inside, a group of nine men and women were being asked to do something that will profoundly impact our culture and society, perhaps for generations.
And while there will be much speculation over the next two months as those nine men and women decide, and much analysis done on nearly every word they said and every question they asked, there was one question hinted at by Justice Anthony Kennedy that, I believe, gets to the heart of the entire debate:
Do we know better?
Do we know better than the overwhelming social science evidence that children need and deserve both a mom and a dad?
Do we know better than our own experience that shows the devastating effects on children of fatherless homes and broken marriages?
Do we know better than the social and biological reality that men and women are different, and bring unique gifts to marriage and child rearing.
And most importantly, do we know better than the God of the universe who gave us marriage in the first place?
For the secular left, which dominates the media and cultural strongholds, the answer is an overwhelming “Yes!” Of course we know better than God. Of course we know better than experience. Of course we know better than reality.
As I stood on the steps of the Supreme Court preparing to give my remarks to the crowd, a pastor was attempting to pray. As he prayed, supporters of redefining marriage yelled, chanted, and tried to shout him down. And while much could be said about the hatred and bigotry being displayed toward God and his people in that moment, about the disrespect for faith, about the fear of so many to even hear a prayer, I found that moment revealing in another way.
It was in that moment that the words of Justice Kennedy were answered by the crowd. Yes, we know better than God. And moreover, we don’t care about the consequences.
Our culture has convinced itself that scientism and egalitarianism are the basis for the future, and that faith-based ethics and truth are not just “old fashioned,” but a threat to happiness and progress. People have deluded themselves into believing that they know better. I doubt that any Supreme Court decision will reverse that belief, for it goes far beyond policy and politics. And yet, the decision that is coming will impact policy, politics, culture, our families, faith, and freedom in ways few can imagine.
You can also see me being interviewed outside the Supreme Court here.